The Friday Flyer
Boone Meadow Elementary
Students from Mrs. Meyer's class are exploring ways to use our tower gardens more effectively at Boone Meadow for fresh foods and gardening opportunities. On Monday, they took a study trip to Public Greens, a restaurant located in Broad Ripple. The Patachou Foundation addresses food insecurity by providing and equipping communities through micro-garden approaches. Our experience with the Patachou Foundation provided a most excellent connection to our learning.
The Public Greens micro-farm along the Monon Trail generates over a ton of produce a year. The produce is used by the restaurant located next door. Here, the gardener led the students through the garden and explored ways they can do the same in their own communities. In addition to learning about the benefits of gardening, students also had first hand experiences with harvesting foods while studying the life cycles evident within the ecosystems.
Thank You, ZEF!
Through the generosity of the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF) and Dr. Robison, students from Mrs. Meyer's class engaged in this unique learning experience. During their study trip, the students made and enjoyed a pesto & vegetable salad by using produce and herbs they harvested from the micro-garden located in Broad Ripple. The grant from ZEF was awarded as a connected learning experience to foster creative usage of the tower gardens at Boone Meadow.
Thank You, ZEF!
Jog-A-Thon is on Wednesday!
Thanks to your generosity, the proceeds raised from Jog-A-Thon has been used for:
· Chrome books and iPads
· Musical instruments and equipment
· STEM equipment and resources
· Equipment for our Wellness program
· Partnership with American Academy of Dermatologists (grant) to install a shade structure on campus
· Teacher grants for flexible seating, supplies and special projects in each classroom
· Books to both the leveled reader’s library and the classroom libraries
· Field trip transportation assistance.
Money in pledge envelopes should be returned to school by Friday October 5th.
· Please make checks payable to Boone Meadow PTO. We also accept cash payments, or credit card via Snowball, a new donation website, stay tuned for sign up information.
· This year we will be raffling a few fun items! First place is a Nintendo Switch, second place is a Nintendo DS and third place is 4 tickets to Skyzone! Each student who donates the recommended $50 will be entered into the raffle. Each additional $25 donated will be an extra raffle entry.
THANK YOU for supporting the Boone Meadow Jog-A-thon, none of this would be possible without support from our fantastic families like you! If there are questions, please contact the JAT committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited about this event, which promotes fitness, school spirit, and the sense of family that Boone Meadow and Zionsville Schools cultivate!
NWEA Reports Distributed
In your child’s folder, you should have received a Student Progress Report from NWEA. These assessments are administered district-wide in fall, winter, and spring, to assist in monitoring student progress over time. NWEA data is used by teachers to assist with instructional design and planning. As with any assessment, we cannot quantify all your child’s learning, but it does provide insight to academic progress. An occasional rise and fall in performance is often observed, but note that when comparing year to year, an overall growth in RIT scores is expected.
For more information, you can visit the ZCS website for more information on NWEA. https://www.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/nwea
Spotlight on Music w/ Mr. Doublestein
A big thank you to all the parents who generously supported my three Donors Choose projects last year. Over $3,000 was raised for five brand new instruments called bass bars, and your kids will be thrilled to hear that those instruments have finally arrived!
It is interesting to note that bass bars, like many other instruments including xylophones, marimbas and guitars are made out of rosewood, a very desirable species of wood that has recently become protected from overharvesting through international trade restrictions. This means that American companies can no longer import rosewood instruments, and unfortunately an alternative to rosewood has yet to make its way into the production of Orff instruments like bass bars. Therefore, the only bass bars available are those that were imported to the United States before the new restrictions were put into effect. When I ordered the five bass bars I had originally hoped to purchase them from a distributor selling Studio 49 instruments. Studio 49 is a German company that worked with Carl Orff to invent Orff instruments back in the 1940s, and to this day makes by far the highest quality Orff instruments available. However, I was only able to purchase three of the five bass bars this way, the last of the distributor’s pre-restriction inventory. To find the other two I had to get creative.
Finally, I managed to find two other bass bars made by a different company, and while the quality isn’t as high they turned out to be far better than I expected. Even better, I was left with a balance big enough to purchase dozens of other unpitched percussion instruments that I know the kids will enjoy. The extra instruments, funded exclusively by the original project amount, include wind chimes, a slap stick, a flex-a-tone, a kokoriki, a thunder drum, 16 cymbals, 2 finger cymbals, and 29 jingle taps. I can’t wait to show all these new instruments to the kids next week and let them explore the sounds of each.
Thank you so much for your donations, and thank you for investing in the music program at Boone Meadow!
The Fall Book Fair is Coming!
School pictures were sent home this week
Please note: if you ordered a class composite, it will be delivered later this winter.
Questions? Feel free to fill out Cripe's Customer Service Contact form via www.cripephoto.com
Student Conferences - Oct. 3rd and 4th
Sharing information about student progress is an important focus area for us, especially for our youngest learners. This focus has led to improved calibration of the annual parent-teacher-student conferences held in the fall of each school year. In the past, variances in scheduling of conferences led to safety issues and to very early dates for some conferences. This diminished the effectiveness of these important discussions about student progress.
- The conference days (elementary schools only) will occur on the afternoon of October 3rd (2:30-3:30PM) and on October 4th from 11:10AM to 7:00PM.
- If you have not scheduled with your child's teacher, please fee free to contact them to confirm a time.
- In exactly the same way we use e-days in the event of snow or other school cancellation make-up days, we will place one elementary e-day on Thursday, October 4th.
- Assignments posted (on our learning management system CANVAS) will be released on October 3rd and will have approximately one week to complete. This time delay in turning in the assignments accommodates those who have difficulty with home access to the online content (just as we do with e-days for snow or other school cancellation make-ups).
Shade Structure Dedication and PTO Mtg on Oct. 10th
On October 10th, we will celebrate this partnership with a dedication of the structure during our monthly PTO meeting at 6:00 PM. We gladly welcome a large group of visitors at this dedication and PTO meeting. We hope you are able to attend this celebration. Our monthly PTO meeting will follow the event.
Upcoming Events & Important Info
September 26 - Jog-A-Thon
October 3rd (afternoon) & 4th (afternoon/evening) - Student Conferences/E-Day
October 8 - October 11 - Book Fair
October 9th - Fire Safety Talk/Truck - 1st Grade, Picture Re-Take Day
October 10th - Fire Safety Talk/Truck PK and Kdg; PTO Meeting 6:00pm w/ Dedication of Shade Structure with American Association of Dermatology
October 11th - Fire Safety Talk/Truck - 2nd Grade
October 15th-19th - Fall Break
October 24th - Blood Drive 3:00-7:00pm Cafe
November 12th - Veterans Day Program 9:30am
The School Directory App is Updated with current family information!
Our Student directory is now complete! Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this helpful resource! To access the directory follow these steps:
- Go to www.directoryspot.net or download the “Directory Spot” app on a smart phone.
- Enter your email address as your Username, and click on “Reset Password”. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
- Click on the link in the email to set your password and to log in.
If you have trouble logging in, please contact PTO volunteer Eileen Adam at email@example.com.
Texts from SchoolMessenger
From time to time Boone Meadow uses SchoolMessenger to send a text to all of the families. If you haven't been receiving texts from us, you may need to opt-in by sending YES to the SchoolMessenger short code of 68453. Contact Beth Kiel in the front office if you have any questions!
Volunteers and Visitor Background Checks
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS
We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
- Volunteer Coaches
- Classroom Helpers (PTO parties/room parents)
- Library Helpers
- After Prom Workers
- Field Day/Jog-A-Thon Volunteers
- Book Fair Sales/Athletic Ticket Sales
During the school day, all volunteers are expected to sign in at the front office. Prior to the volunteer opportunity, all volunteers must sign a Non-disclosure Acknowledgement Form and have successfully completed a Full Criminal History Background Check. Necessary background check paperwork is available on the ZCS website at the Volunteers/BRAVO link and should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the intended volunteer date. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website. The volunteer will pay the fee* for the full background check which will expire after 5 years. The link to apply for the full background check can be accessed on the Volunteers/BRAVO link on the ZCS main webpage. For more information, contact the Volunteer/BRAVO Coordinator.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS
During the school day, all visitors must enter via the front door and sign-in at the front office. Visitors need to be prepared to present a government issued photo ID which will be scanned against the National Sex Offender Registry. All visitors will be issued a visitor badge/tag to be worn inside the building at all times.
- Lunch Guests
- Classroom Guest Speakers
- Classroom Special Events (Grandparent Day/Famous Hoosiers/etc.)
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
We ask that all visitors schedule an appointment to meet with teachers, counselors, administrators and all other staff members so that we may best serve everyone. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.
*ZCS thanks all volunteers for generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.